Monday, 4 September 2017

Release of 'Lady', Tributes, and US Tour Round Up

'Lady' Re-release - 20th Anniversary Princess Diana

“My former record label "Crashed Records" have re-released "Lady" which I wrote as a tribute to Princess Diana after her passing. It's the 20th Anniversary of the song and it's available worldwide across all platforms from today to stream or download on the following link. Please share!”

CLICK HERE to stream or download on all platforms.

Elvis - 40th Anniversary Tribute

“August 17th 1977. My Mam woke us all up and said "You'll never guess who has died". I said "Elvis?" 
To this day I have no idea how I'd know that at such a young age, but it was apparent that the outrageous talent of the man had already captured me. Summer up to that point had included his Greatest hits being played on our cassette machine every day without fail.
It was like we'd had a death in the family, such was the sadness that followed. I remember my aunt coming home from work that evening with an Elvis record and while it was playing I hid under the kitchen table as I couldn't understand why everyone was so upset. I think it was on that awful day that I realised it was about so much more than just the music.
It was youth, freedom, expression, individuality, hope, belief, life.
I've been to Graceland 7 times and each time I learn something new about the man known as the King.
How he overcame the extreme poverty he was born into to become the worlds biggest entertainer.
Yes he had it all, but he also allowed others to manipulate him and take his talent and generosity for granted and by the mid 70's Colonel Parker had all but destroyed his career. As managers who don't care about the artist sometimes do.
He achieved so much in his 42 years, but there could've been so much more, had he taken complete control.
He left us with a lifetime of great songs, albums, and movies. Well...maybe not all of the movies were decent but I love them anyway. 😊
He is responsible for the sale of more than 1 Billion records!
I've listened to countless genres of music over the years, performed various styles, but it always comes back to where it all started for me.
My Number 1. The King. Forever.
I can't believe it's been 40 years since he passed, but today, August 16th 2017, he is celebrated even more than when he was alive, and that in itself says it all.
Thank you Elvis. Thank you very much.”

Darren performs Can't Help Falling in Love as a special 40th Anniversary tribute to Elvis Presley, with Finbarr on guitar.

Glen Campbell Tribute

“Rhinestone Cowboy, full song tribute. According to my Mam, this was the very first song I ever knew all the way through. She always reminds me that if somebody came to our house they'd be terrorised into hearing my 3 year old screechy voice version of it before they'd leave.
So, this is for Glen....and Maggie.”

Darren Live Q&A

Darren's Q&A recorded live from his hotel room in Dubuque.

Roadworks CD

“Hey everyone. For a limited time, CDs of my last solo album "Roadworks" are now available to purchase again at CD Baby. Download version also available.
You can go directly to the store by clicking on the link below.”


Prayers For Texas

“Texas. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.”

US Tour Round Up

"Chicago bound." #aerlingus #hkusa17


“Waterloo Iowa! You guys are too much. What a crowd . Loved it. One of those nights for sure. Thanks for giving us one to remember and singing your hearts out with us.”
Massive thanks to a huge open air crowd who came to see us in Waterloo Iowa last night. An incredible welcome. Roll on tonight. And yes "Oh Maggie" is in the set for tonight, but you guys gotta sing it loud!"

“When you randomly walk past a shop in Iowa and hear "The Leaving of Liverpool" playing inside.

The High Kings performing Rocky Road to Dublin, Bruce Springsteen's I'm on Fire,  and Black Velvet Band in Iowa.

Another High Kings Live performance from the second day at the Iowa Irish Fest. Darren sings Kelly the Boy from Killane.


Listen to Darren chatting to Sean Ginnelly on Chicago's WCEV Radio.


“Chicago. Sometimes there aren't enough words to thank you enough for being there for HK since day 1.
Another sold out show, but tonight.....'the' loudest audience we have had in an awful long time. Maybe ever in this great city.
Another level. All I can say is...Thanks.”

Watch Darren's live performance of Rhinestone Cowboy in tribute to Glen Campbell, at Chicago City Winery. 

La Crosse Irish Festival

“Thank you La Crosse, Wisconsin. You guys were incredible.
On the road again....”

"Only time we rocked today."


"Atlanta City Winery, you made a special day very special indeed. We couldn't have hoped for a better welcome back to Georgia and a louder audience!! Wow. 😳
You guys were so great. Thanks for singing your lungs out with us and indulging me with the obligatory Elvis classic for the day what was in it.
Also, very special thanks to Cian, Jack and Ellie Porter for thrilling the crowd with there sensational Irish dancing.
All 3 are the children of our dear friends Lisa and Scott Porter who is also their dance teacher at the Kelly Porter Dance academy.
Great job tonight guys!
Onwards to Nashville Tennessee tomorrow for another City Winery show."



“Well howdy Nashville! As always, a pleasure to play here tonight at City Winery. Took a stroll down Broadway and cut a record with Brian at Third Man Records in a 1940's vocal booth at Jack Whites place which was a trip”

“Nashville, you guys were unbelievable last night. What a fantastic audience and City Winery is beautiful.
We had the pleasure of being joined on stage by "Brooks and Dunn" steel guitarist, the amazing Gary Morse and also by Jeff Beck vocalist Jimmy Hall on harmonica for a few songs including "That's alright Mama".

In tribute to the 40th Anniversary of Elvis passing, Darren performed That's Alright Mama. Elvis would sure liked to have got his hands on that Emerald Guitar! They were joined on stage by steel player Gary Morse and harmonica player Jimmy Hall. Special thanks to Lyndy Nothstine for sharing this great quality recording.

Darren and the lads performing Town I Loved So Well at Nashville City Winery!


“Cincinnati! Let's be havin' ya!”

 Short clip of the High Kings performing Purple Rain at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis.


“Always nice to be in Chicago. On route to Milwaukee for the big one! Irish Fest!”

“15,000 lovely people in Milwaukee last night to see us. The best Saturday night we've ever had at this amazing festival and you blew our minds from start to finish.
PS: I might have had a little something in my eye when all 15K of you chorused "Oh Maggie" back at us.
Definitely one of those magical moments.”

“Milwaukee!! Wow! That is all!”
#highkings #hkusa17

The High Kings performing to a huge crowd in Milwaukee!

Photo copyright Tammy Hundhausen.

“Looking forward to another show at 3.30pm today at Milwaukee Irish Fest. Then....Brian, Finbarr and myself will join We Banjo 3, Skerryvore, Hermitage Green and many more great artists on the Leinie's Stage at 7pm for a tribute to "The Beatles- Celtic Style" .
Should be a great night!”


“Thanks to Jim Keefe for this incredible illustration in advance of this Tuesdays concert at The Cedar in Minneapolis." #hkusa17

“Minneapolis....Thank you so much. One of the greatest crowds and reactions we have ever had. Loved it. You guys are incredible to us every time we play The Cedar. Was that fun or what! 👍
To the ladies who brought us gift cards for Starbucks and baked delicious cookies etc, your generosity is amazing. We are very grateful.”


“Buffalo, New York! Wow. The biggest, loudest and most loyal audience in the world prize goes to...YOU! That was sensational tonight in your lovely city. You guys are incredible, and to play under a blood red sky was very special.
Thanks so much to you all for showing up in such huge numbers to see us.
Onwards to my old home New York City tomorrow when we play City Winery in Manhattan.”

Darren and the lads performing Oh Maggie in Buffalo. Thanks to Rachael Brown for recording it and setting it public so we can share it with you.

New York City

“There are nights that words are inadequate. Last night in New York mind was blown. Outside of shows with "Riverdance and "Movin' Out" on Broadway, this was by far the greatest and loudest crowd we have played to in the Big Apple. We are literally exhilarated by your reaction and response. Massive thanks folks. And again on this tour, to hear "Oh Maggie" roared with such volume...unbelievable. If ever a song has burned slow and gathered pace....”

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Six O'Clock Show, Miriam, and Irish Tour Round Up

Six O'Clock Show

 Six O’clock Show: “We've got two extra kings joining Martin & Muireann on the show this evening, bow down to Darren & Brian of The High Kings!”

Watch Darren and Brian chatting on the sofa of TV 3's Six O'Clock Show. This is edited highlights of the show broadcast 5th July 2017

A few video stills from Darren and Brian's appearance on the couch at TV 3's Six O'Clock Show. They certainly had a lot of fun and plenty of smiles!

From the Archives

#tbh “Photo shoot for an article I did with The "Omaha World Herald" newspaper. Omaha, Nebraska 2006.” #movinout #broadway

Watch Darren on the couch at TV3's Ireland AM back in 2004, returning to Ireland during a break from the Movin' Out US tour. He was chatting with Alan Hughes about his early career and how he came to audition for Movin' Out. Broadcast 20 May 2004.

Saturday Night With Miriam

“The High Kings are on route back to Dublin and looking forward to performing on "Saturday Night with Miriam" tonight on RTE 1 at 9.15pm.
Should be fun! I'll be playing my Emerald Acoustic guitar too."
#highkings #emeraldambassador #watchthewholeshow

“Soundcheck for da telly.
We open the show but stay tuned for a surprise later on.” #rte1 #miriam #highkings

“Having a great time chatting to the legend that is Jimmy Osmond backstage.”

Watch the High Kings performing Black Velvet Band.

A few video stills from the High Kings during the show opening credits and their performance of Black Velvet Band.

Watch the High Kings, with Jimmy Osmond, perform a special version of Danny Boy for Barry McGuigan.

Video stills from the High Kings performance of Danny Boy with Jimmy Osmond.

“We've done a lot of telly in 10 years together, but we've never had a reaction like this before. Some moments are special I guess, you just don't realise it 'til you're in the midst of it. Danny Boy was that kind of moment last night with Jimmy and Barry.
I can't answer all the messages individually, so I'll just say a collective Thank you to you all! We really appreciate it!”
#highkings #rte #clonescyclone #jimmyosmond

Irish Tour Round Up


“Back to work with The High Kings tonight at The Park Hotel Dungarvan.
Completely sold out.”

“Dungarvan. Sold out. What an incredible night. Best crowd ever!
Way too much fun. Great to have all the gang from Mooncoin in.” 

Tory Island

“On the road to Tory Island where tonight THK will perform a very special concert. Followed by a Ceili Mor in our honour!
This doesn't happen everyday. We are loving the drive through some amazing Irish countryside.”

“Awaiting the ferry to Tory Island.”

Message From Darren on the boat to Tory Island!

“Arrived on Tory Island. What an incredibly beautiful place.”

Leaving of Liverpool live from Tory!

The High Kings: “Darren singing 'The Town I Loved So Well' - you could hear a pin drop.”

“We've been all over the world with The High Kings, but we've never received the welcome or been treated better that we have been today here in Tory Island. Superb memories created and friendships formed. What a brilliant crowd and community. Loved it.
I better go because An Ceili Mor is in full swing!”

"The journey back to the mainland." #wildatlanticroar #wavesoftory #roughasfolk


“Wow INEC Killarney. In 9 years of playing here, that just might've been the ultimate show! What an audience. Massive. Loud and Proud. Can't thank you enough for joining us on a magical hot July night in the Kingdom.
Loved it!” #hk17

Thanks to Siobhan for sharing her photos from last weekend's memorable show at the INEC in Killarney. Photos copyright Siobhan English.


“Nice way to start a Saturday
Big thanks to last nights crowd at Eyeries Festival in West Cork. We won't forget you guys in a hurry!”


“Navan, that was crazy. Thanks a million for giving us such a brilliant night.
You guys were LOUD 
So many HK fans made the trip from abroad for this weeks shows, from Scotland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, USA, Brazil, The Lebanon...Thank you”


“You know it's gonna be a great night when the venue is already jammed and a 2 coaches full of people just rolled up!
#gorey #highkings #lasthomeshowtildecember”

“Ashdown Park Hotel. Off the scale. That was a class audience. I thought Friday night was loud but you guys blew it out of the water. Thanks a million to you all. Great way to wrap up the last Irish dates” 

From the Archives

Back in July 2010 the High Kings were performing to a crowd of 4000 on the Hotpress 2FM stage at Oxegen. Watch their Oxegen performance of Rocky Road to Dublin!

Tour Dates

Dates announced in Canada for October! #HKAtlanticCanada

Belgium and Netherlands

There are 3 dates announced on the High Kings website for Belgium and Netherlands in November.

22 November 2017
CC Het Bolwerk, Vilvoorde, Belgium

25 November 2017
Podium Klooslerhof, Woensdrecht, Netherlands

30 November 2017
De Warande, Turnhout, Belgium

Please see for full tour schedule with ticket links.
New dates will be announced there and on the High Kings Facebook page first.

The High Kings have now wrapped up there last dates in Ireland and are preparing to head to America and Canada for the rest of the summer and fall.

We'll be back with a round up of the news from across the Atlantic in the coming weeks!

Thanks for your continued support.

Darren and the DH Team